About and Around the Avenues – March 2015

Don’t Miss the Hyde Park Egg Scramble: You’re invited to the Third Annual Hyde Park Egg Scramble at Shipe Park on Saturday April 4, 10:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. This HPNA event, sponsored by Grande Communications, will feature popcorn, snow cones, and cotton candy as well as many fun activities including egg hunts, a bounce house, and a balloon twister—all free to Hyde Parkers who attend the event! A photo booth, provided by Carolyn Grimes of Coldwell Banker United, Realtors will also be there for pictures with the Egg Scramble Bunny!

For those who are new to the neighborhood or have not participated in the past, an egg scramble is basically a traditional Easter egg hunt; the only difference is that you provide the eggs yourself for your child’s age group. The egg hunt will start at 10:45 and be divided into the following three age groups: under 3 years old, 3 & 4 year olds, and 5 years old & up. If your child is going to participate in the egg hunt festivities, please drop off one dozen plastic eggs filled with age appropriate treats any time between Saturday, March 28 and Friday, April 3 in the bins marked by age group on the front porch at the following houses:
Rossomando/Williams House

4307 Avenue F

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Fitzgerald House

4402 Avenue F.

Questions, comments, or interest in volunteering, please email Tim Luyet.

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It’s My Park Day: Sponsored by the Austin Parks Foundation, this annual event is scheduled for Saturday, March 7, from 9:00 a.m. until 12 noon. Thousands of volunteers will be working to improve parks & greenbelts throughout the city.  Volunteers receive a free T-shirt! Join your neighbors at Shipe where HPNA and Friends of Shipe Park will be organizing the work projects.

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Organic Plant Sale: On Saturday, March 7 from 9 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Sunshine Community Gardens (4814 Sunshine Drive) will be the scene of the largest nonprofit organic plant sale in Texas, featuring, for example, 150 tomato varieties, 72 types of bell peppers, and thousands of herbs ready for spring planting. It promises to be a fun-filled occasion with live music and opportunities to learn organic gardening practices, talk with vendors, and walk the 180 gardens.

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Support a Local Public School: On Saturday, March 7, Lee Elementary will host its premier fundraising event, Lee Live, 6:30 p.m. at the Spiderhouse Ballroom, 2906 Fruth St. The event features live music by Lee parents Kelly Willis, Bruce Robison, and Hayes Carll, and a live and silent auction. Proceeds help fund things like technology enhancements, special-area teachers, playground and outdoor classroom opportunities, and teacher development. Individual and business sponsorships are welcomed.

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More Awards for Restoration Work: The National Association of the Remodeling Industry named local Austin construction and remodeling firm Avenue B Development as the South Central Regional Contractor of the Year winner in the Historic Renovation category of its annual awards competition. This marks Avenue B Development’s second straight South Central award and fourth straight local Austin Chapter award for the Historic Renovation category. In its five years of operation, it has been the company’s goal to enhance the character of Austin’s unique neighborhoods by creating homes that are both timeless and modern. Congratulations to our neighbors!